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Stir over fee hike loses steam
Chandigarh, November 21
Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, discusses the fee hike agitation The ongoing agitation over fee hike in the local colleges, affiliated to Panjab University, seems to be losing steam.

Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, discusses the fee hike agitation with girls on indefinite fast at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

Major Vats cremated, parents a picture of courage
Panchkula, November 21
Mr Neeraj Vats lights the pyre of his son, Major Navneet Vats, as the martyr’s wife Shivani with folded hands struggles to control her tears Major Navneet Vats of Gorkha Rifles, who was killed in a militant attack in Srinagar yesterday, was cremated with full military honours this morning. 
Mr Neeraj Vats lights the pyre of his son, Major Navneet Vats, as the martyr’s wife Shivani with folded hands struggles to control her tears at the Mani Majra cremation ground in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan




New UT Adviser joins, enquires about slums
Mr Lalit Sharma formally takes over from Mr R.S. Gujral Chandigarh, November 21
The issue of a high number of slums in the city figured in the introductory meeting of officers of the Chandigarh Administration with Mr Lalit Sharma, new Adviser to the UT Administrator, minutes after he joined duty at the UT Secretariate this afternoon.

Mr Lalit Sharma formally takes over from Mr R.S. Gujral as the Adviser to the UT Administrator in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Improvement in every sphere is PGI chief’s mantra
N.K. GangulyChandigarh, November, 21
Notwithstanding his short tenure as Officiating Director PGI till December-end, Prof N.K. Ganguly, wants to bring about improvement in every sphere be it better equipment, scientific independence, efficient spending in priority areas or better bonding and a feel-good factor, both for patients as well as doctors.

CSIO to develop mapping system
Chandigarh, November 21
Following a requirement projected by the Navy for a system to map shallow coastal areas and strategic waterways, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation here has initiated a project to develop an airborne laser-based mapping system.

Education board sacks 134 clerks
Mohali, November 21
Services of 134 clerks were terminated during an emergency meeting of the members of the Punjab School Education Board here today. Earlier, a three-member panel set up on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had recommended the quashing of the appointment of 134 clerks as it found that the selection process was biased.

Notice to Home Secy on cattle menace
Chandigarh, November 21
A local court today issued a notice to the UT Home Secretary, the Municipal Commissioner, and the IGP on a civil suit to stop the stray animal menace in the city.

  • Stray bull victims get compensation
  • Pak delegates face cattle menace
    Chandigarh, November 21
    After wreaking havoc on the safety of Chandigarh residents over the past few days, stray cattle today targeted the visiting Pakistani delegation, which was on its way to Tagore Theatre to fix the sets for the play "Bullah", scheduled to be held in the evening.



ITBP men to get  peace-time posting in plains
Chandigarh, November 21
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel would soon be getting a much-needed respite from prolonged high-altitude deployment, with the Home Ministry agreeing to a proposal for more peace-time tenures in the plains for the force.

Enforcement staff seize three vehicles
It is business as usual behind the shopsChandigarh, November 21
Enforcing the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to remove motor mechanics from the markets in Sectors 21, 27 and 28 has been leading to clashas and heated arguments between the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation and the shopkeepers.

It is business as usual behind the shops in the Sector 28 market in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh K. Chauhan

Dr Goswami honoured
B.N. GoswamiChandigarh, November 21
Eminent art historian Dr B.N. Goswami has been conferred the honorary fellowship of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. The same distinction has been conferred upon 14 other eminent persons this year. They include Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Dr Amartya Sen, Mr M.N. Deshpande, Mr M.S. Nagraj Rao, Dr S.R. Rao, Mr Lokesh Chandra, Mr Girish Karnad and Mr Bhigu Parekh.

Clearance must for new power connections
Zirakpur, November 21
In an effort to tighten the noose around colonisers and to detect power pilferage in the Zirakpur area, the Punjab State Electricity Board has told colonisers that getting clearance from a government-authorised wiring contractor is mandatory before applying for fresh power connections.

Yuva morcha protests against MC policies
Chandigarh, November 21
The youth wing of the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha today organised a rally in Sector 17 to protest against the anti-people policies of the Municipal Corporation. Mr Davesh Moudgil, president of the local wing of the party, said the corporation had failed to perform its duties satisfactorily.



St Stephen’s win overall trophy at Blossom IV
Chandigarh, November 21
Colours mingled harmoniously to form rangolis on the floors of DAV Model School, Sector 15, here as 250 students from 20 schools participated in Blossom IV, inter-school competitions.

Students enthral audience at annual day
Mohali, November 21
It was a special and vibrant evening for Sanjay Public School as students were out to display their talent on the second annual day function in Sector 70 here today. The function opened with the lighting of a lamp which was followed by a variety of programmes starting with 'Saraswati Vandana'. 

22 schools take part in painting contest
Mohali, November 21
The local Rotary Club held the 19th Nitish Lehri painting competition for children here today. The competition, which was organised with the Inner Wheel Club and the Rotract Club, drew students from 22 schools in Chandigarh and Mohali.

Students boycott classes over timings
Chandigarh, November 21
Students of the Evening Studies Department boycotted their classes for the third day in succession at Panjab University here today. Students have been complaining against the change of timings of the department. The department now starts at 4.20 pm and ends at 10.10 pm. Earlier, the classes started at 5.40 pm and ended at 9 pm.

PU exam forms available today
Chandigarh, November 21
Examination forms will be available tomorrow at Panjab University despite it being a holiday, an official press note said here today.


District Courts
Notice to UT police in dance girls’ case
Chandigarh, November 21
A local court today issued a notice to the UT police acting on a bail application moved by an accused, Kapil, allegedly involved in a case of trafficking of dance girls to Bangalore for November 25. 

  • Notice issued

  • Bail plea dismissed

Consumer Courts
Agency told to pay 89,000 for spoiling couple’s honeymoon
Chandigarh, November 21
The consumer court has directed a city-based travel agency to pay about Rs 89,000, including air-ticket charges, as compensation to a city resident, whose honeymoon trip to Hong Kong got spoiled due to deficiency in services provided by the agency. The travel agency has also been told to pay Rs 2,000 to the complainant as the cost of litigation by the consumer court.



‘Bullah’ weaves spiritual magic
Chandigarh, November 21
A scene from the play ‘Bullah’ staged at Tagore Theatre One does not come across performances as powerful as “Bullah” everyday. Basing the entire presentation on the elements of love, affection, peace and all that goodness stands for, Ajoka Theatre put together the very soul of a Sufi bit by bit. 

A scene from the play ‘Bullah’ staged at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph


Aqeel Qazmi Striking a bond across the border
S a faculty member of the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore, Prof Aqeel Qazmi strikes an interesting conversation by instantly establishing a bond between Islamabad and Chandigarh, the two cities that came up around the same time in the 20th century. Created with similar concerns, both Islamabad and Chandigarh, Professor Aqeel said, looked a lot alike, not just on the facade, but also behind it.

Macho watches catch on
OU have purchased a nice red dress for the evening bash to go along with your highlighted burgundy hair. Have also picked up a mobile case in soft cherry shade. Now you are all set to buy a delicate little watch to look graceful on your tender wrist. But before you drive down to the market for buying one, stop for a little while. Fashion gurus say macho watches are in, even for women of the world.

Pak artiste visits kin in Patiala village
HOUGH Bollywood has plied us with scores of long-lost brothers stories, the thrill of such a reel life situation in real life was experienced by Sohrab Khan of Pakistan when he arrived here to find his relatives waiting eagerly to embrace their long-separated kin. The dramatic element in the reunion became pronounced when Sohrab realised that his maternal uncles were now devout Sikhs.

Simran ChabbaNo alternative to hard work
have come a long way from being a protected and a reserved girl to managing my life independently. Born in the family of an Army officer, I did my schooling from different parts of the country, including Punjab, Rajasthan, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir. I did my graduation from Amritsar.

‘Tango with Lady M’ next week
he Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with European Union countries is organising an EU cultural week from November 22 to December 2 in India. Under the programme, a 30-member Polish dance theatre “Tango with Lady M” and Ethnoclassical Music Group from Slovenia will visit Chandigarh to give performances on November 25 and 27, respectively.

3-day Razzmatazz concludes
HAPSODY dance by the students of class I had the audience glued to their seats as Razzmatazz, the three-day annual function of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in Sector 26, concluded on Friday.



ITBP liaison sector wins overall shield
Chandigarh, November 21
Jubilant athletes of the Liaison and Communication sector after they bagged the overall championship shield The ITBP’s Liaison and Communication (L and C) sector lifted the overall championship shield at the 23rd ITPB Inter-Sector Athletic Meet which concluded here today. Dhruv Devrari, also from the L&C sector, was declared as the best athlete. 

Jubilant athletes of the Liaison and Communication sector after they bagged the overall championship shield at the 23rd ITBP Inter-Sector Athletic Meet which concluded in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

3,000 take part in primary school games
A primary school kabaddi player struggles with his opponents in the UT Inter-School Primary GamesChandigarh, November 21
The second consecutive day of the 2nd UT Inter School Primary Games saw great enthusiasm among the children who vied for top honours. At least 3000 children drawn from 67 primary schools of the city in the age group of 6 to 11 years were seen flexing their muscles in kabaddi, kho-kho and athletics.

A primary school kabaddi player struggles with his opponents in the UT Inter-School Primary Games in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

National School Games trials from Nov 24
Chandigarh, November 21
The selection trials to select the Indian schools football team for the forthcoming Asian Schools Football championship to be held in China next month will be organised at Chhatrasal Stadium, Delhi on November 25 and 26.


Admn to send notices on lease arrears to 2 clubs
Chandigarh, November 21
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to send fresh notices to the Chandigarh Club and the Chandigarh Golf Club, seeking arrears of lease money. The original notices were sent in June, 2001. A report has been submitted to the Administration, in which it has been indicated that these two clubs collectively owe Rs 19 crore by way of arrears.

Neelam cinema can reopen

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